Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. Notes: The 2008 Honda Accord has several serious defects: poor brakes, excessive oil consumption, & uncomfortable seats.

BRAKES: There was a class action lawsuit against Honda in 2010 for premature & excessive brake wear. See our page on Honda's brake problems for more info.

OIL CONSUMPTION: Honda issued a TSB about this in late 2011, claiming it could be fixed through a software update to the VCM (variable cylinder management). There are class action lawsuits pending. See our page about the Accord oil consumption.

UNCOMFORTABLE SEATS: Owners have consistently reported uncomfortable seats with the entire 8th generation (2008-2012) of Honda Accords. Complaints range from back pain to leg circulation problems due to bad lumbar support, cushioning, & seat angle. Complaints aren't limited to only a certain body type -- the seat comfort problems are from a wide spectrum of owner height & weight. The common theme we hear is "we never noticed this during the test drive." Unfortunately for unwary buyers, the seat pain is noticeable after 15-20 minutes.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
21,058 miles

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2008 Honda Accord brakes problems

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2008 Honda Accord Owner Comments (Page 9 of 22)

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problem #280

Mar 212010


  • 30,300 miles


My car was making a terrible noise..I figured the front pads were due for replacement at 30,000 miles.took it to a shop which was open on Sunday and found that the rear pads were completely gone. The front pads had little if any wear on them according to the sear's tech who did the work. He thought that the premature rear brake pad wear was due to defective spring. I have had no such notification about the problem from Honda as of this date.....when I called hendrick Honda to complain /advise them of the issue, they knew exactly what I was talking about...and said it more than likely would have been covered by the warranty but since I had taken it somewhere else, he could do nothing for me...what am I supposed to do, ride on bad brakes just B/C they aren't open on Sunday"?" terrible customer relation.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #279

Dec 102009


  • 19,854 miles
The rear brakes on my 2008 Honda Accord needed replacing after 19,000 miles. When I asked the service rep at Honda< I was told that this was common on this year and model. I asked do they know why? they didn't have an answer. I contacted Honda national customer service in writing. They responded about 3 weeks later by phone and was told that they contacted the Honda dealership, where I had my car serviced, they stated that they didn't know of any other problems. Honda cutomer service, said they knew of no other complaints about rear brakes. I told customer service tha ti have never replaced rear brakes on any of my previous cars before 45,000 miles and thart front brakes normally wear out 2 to 1 to rear brakes. My car had 1ml left on the rear and 9 ml left on the front brakes. I was told that under normal wear Honda expects their rear brakes to last 30,000 - 40,000 miles again I asked them to explain why these brakes wore out, I was a prepared statment, saying something to the effect that they would track brake problems over the next 2-3 years and if they have a problem, will get back tome. I feel Honda has a problem with wear of back brakes on 2008 Accord.

- Flemington, NJ, USA

problem #278

Dec 062009


  • 25,000 miles
2008 Honda Accord is on its 3rd set of brake pads and the rotors have been replaced too. Only on the rear.

- Schenectady , NY, USA

problem #277

Jan 072009


  • 22,000 miles


While traveling at high rate of speed on an interstate my vehicle struck a patch of black ice. The car's vehicle stability assist engaged, but I was unable to gain control, the vehicle spun repeatedly and left the roadway, striking a culvert and causing the side and side curtain airbags to deploy. I found out a week after getting my car back from repairs that the rear brakes were completely worn down to metal on metal with no prior warning and after only approximately 22,000 miles. I believe that this caused a significant safety issue and contributed to my accident. When the vehicle stability assist and brake assist function was engaged, I believe the worn state of the rear brakes as opposed to the almost new condition of the front brakes caused the back end of my car to swing around and spin out of control. This is a documented problem with the 2008 Accord (on the internet), but amercian Honda has yet to even admit that there is a problem. I am lucky that I was not severely injured or killed in that high speed crash. Fortunately, the Honda engineers that designed the airbags put more thought into their design than the engineers that designed a rear braking system that wears down after 20,000 miles. I currently have about 57,000 miles on my Accord and have now replaced the rear brake pads and rotors twice.

- Jamestown, PA, USA

problem #276

Feb 202010


  • 17,000 miles
I started to hear squeaking at around 14K miles, at which point I found it suspicious and researched multiple similar occurrences online. I also received a letter from Honda advising of the "potential" safety issue, which also recommended to have the brakes inspected. I made an appointment with the dealership, and asked if there would be a charge for this inspection/replacement, and they said that if the root of the problem with the brakes was not related to the issue that I would be charged. I did not like their response and argued about it, but at the end of the day had to sign a form to accept the disclaimer in order for the inspection to be performed. The problem was in fact related to the safety notice and was repaired at no charge.

- Pierrefonds, Quebec, Canada, 00, USA

problem #275

Mar 132010


  • 30,000 miles
Around 4:45 P.M., Thursday, March 11, 2010, I took my 08 Honda Accord to goodson Honda I-45 North, houston, Texas, because at approximately 30,000 miles loud noises was coming from the rear of the vehicle. It appeared that I was having serious brake problems. After an inquiry of the brake's quality and performance, the service advisor, carl reed confirmed that the rear brake shoes would be replaced with a better quality. He informed me that Honda's corporate office had selected a new company that would provide better quality, and longer life spans of their brake shoes and pads. In addition, Honda's technician had to replace the front brake pads at approximately 20,000 miles. The qualities of the brake system using low quality brake pads and shoes have proven to be a nuisance for owners. The service advisor, carl reed, drove the vehicle to the rear of customer service and it stayed hidden for about 20 minutes. Then one of Honda's rouge technicians, jose terdomo, drove the vehicle inside the service area where it was visible from a window. He kept the hood of the vehicle open as he removed the rear brake shoes. Around 6:10 repairs were completed, and I checked the vehicle out at 6:19. When I turned the air condition on after departing from goodson Honda service department, contaminated air flowing from the vents initiated an immediate respiratory discomfort. While venturing back and forth to work Friday, 03/12/2010, the air quality that flowed from the vent was unfit for humans to breathe. As it flowed from the air condition vents, it permeated the air with dangerous nanoparticles, lethal chemicals, and irritant gases compressed with tetrafluoroethane (R-134A). This dangerous mixture quickly attacks the respiratory and central nervous systems with its lethal combination. If you need further information, please feel free to contact me.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #274

Mar 052010


  • 15,136 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Honda Accord. The contact stated that he could smell an unusual odor coming from the rear brakes. The dealer confirmed the rear brakes needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was contacted and advised due to weight istribution, the rear brakes would wear sooner than the front brakes. The manufacturer deemed the failure as normal wear and tear. No assistance was offered. There were no repairs made to the vehicle at the time of the complaint. The current mileage was 15,145 and the failure mileage was 15,136.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #273

Feb 182010


  • miles
I own a 2008 Honda Accord and in Feb. 2009 I had 15,000 miles on the car and the rear brakes replaced by Honda at a cost of $86.55 which was about half the price of the repair. In Feb. 2010 at 30,000 miles the rear brakes were down to the sensors and they had to be replace again. I have owned a 1999 and have a 2007 Honda Accord and never replace the rear brakes until they had ar lease 45,000 miles on the car. There is a problem with the rear brakes on the 2008 and 2009 Honda Accord. Canada has a customer satisfaction campaign for the rear brakes. The brakes were replace at no charge in Feb.2010 and I should be reimbursed for my $86.55 that I paid in Feb. 2009 but Honda refuses to pay for the repair. There should be a recall for the rear brakes Honda does not want to do this cause it will cost them millions of dollars. I hope we are not looking at another Toyota situation.

- Hicksville, NY, USA

problem #272

Mar 042010


  • 16 miles
I own a 2008 Honda Accord with 16,000 miles. Recently I took the car into the dealer for routine maintenance and was told that my rear brakes were gone and needed to be replaced. The dealer said that they were aware of no problems with rear brakes on the Accord. I went on line and found hundreds of other having the same problem, some as early as 6000 miles. Honda offered to pick up half the cost, unit I told them that I was aware of a fix in the 2010 model. The dealer then acknowledged problems with early brake replacement on the Accord. Honda then replaced them with the new pads that have springs added to stop the dragging of the pads on the disc. This is costing many people expenses that they should not be exposed to.

- Lee's Summit, MO, USA

problem #271

Mar 062010

Accord 6-cyl

  • miles
I had to change the rear brake rotors on my 2008 Honda Accord ex- V6, while my front rotors and pads are perfectly ok and needed no repair or replacement at all. According to my experience with previous vehicles, I never had to get any work done on rear brakes even up to a mileage of 180,000. On this car I had to change not just the pads but the rotors as well just at 40,000 miles.

- Ann Arbor, MI, USA

problem #270

Jan 232010


  • 25,000 miles


Bought a 2008 Honda Accord new in June '08. Rear brakes wore out after 25000 mi. I thought front pads were supposed to wear first but it seems, not. Very odd since 90% of my driving is interstate and my last car went 80K+ mi before my first brake job. Went on line and it seems many people are having the same issue. I hope nobody gets hurt here.

- Marietta, GA, USA

problem #269

Mar 022010

(reported on)

Accord 4-cyl

  • 23,077 miles
2008 Honda Accord, rear brakes completely worn out on the inside at such low mileage for the second time.

- Baldwin, MD, USA

problem #268

Feb 242010


  • 23,760 miles
The rear brake pads on my 2008 Honda Accord are wearing too quickly. I replaced them after 23,760 miles. My co-worker had the same problem.

- Cary, NC, USA

problem #267

Feb 242010


  • 29,076 miles
Rear brakes wore out prematurely at 29,000 miles.

- Ashland, OR, USA

problem #266

Nov 012009


  • 16,000 miles
Had to have brakes replaced at roughly 22,000 miles. The brakes started squeaking around 15,000 miles. Had the car checked and was told that the car needed rear brake pads. I was told that this is a design flaw of the 2008 Honda Accord. Very dissatisfied with Honda.

- Bowie, MD, USA

problem #265

Sep 152009

Accord 4-cyl

  • miles
2008 Honda Accord has a design flaw in the brake system specifically rear brake pads wear out extremely prematurely and front brake rotors warp. The dealer advised the consumer there was only 5% rear brake pads remaining. The consumer stated there was never any indications of grinding or squealing. The dealer stated it was normal wear and tear and was not included under warranty. On November 13, 2009 the vehicle was taken to the dealership because a shimmy was felt on top of the steering wheel when the consumer braked at higher speeds. The consumers wife noticed a square tire feel when braking shortly after the rear brakes were replaced, but never mentioned it. The dealer found the rotors were warped and machined them.

- O'fallon, IL, USA

problem #264

Dec 282009


  • 10,500 miles
The back brakes of Honda Accord 2008 wear of so quickly that the consumer doesn't have the slightest idea about it. This premature wearout is causing unusual break distribution and almost meeting with accidents. They wear as soon as within the first 10,000 miles. I am talking of a brand new car with most highway driven miles.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #263

Feb 252010

(reported on)

Accord 4-cyl

  • miles
2008 Honda Accord rear brakes wore out. Consumer states that Honda has failed to remedy the failure. The rear brakes have been replaced twice. The consumer also stated the rotors were severely rusted. There was a squeaking noise coming from the vehicle. The consumer stated he/she was not sure whether the squeaking noise was due to the corrosion or the brakes pads being worn. Updated 07/08/10.

- Woodbridge, VA, USA

problem #262

Sep 102009


  • miles
The rear brakes on 2008 Honda Accord coupe wear out twice as fast as the front. That means the rear brakes apply more pressure to stop than the front. This, in my opinion is a safety issue.

- Lockport, IL, USA

problem #261

Feb 222010


  • 21,000 miles
I have a 2008 Honda Accord that has premature brake ware. I have 34,000 miles on the vehicle and I have needed to replace the rear brake pads twice and the rotors once! this is completely unacceptable. I have owned several cars in my life, and have never seen a brake system designed so poorly. I have found online that Honda knows of this issue, but they are refusing to implement a fix and recall this model, which would be the ethical thing to do. They need to own up to the design flaw and come up with a solution. We all know how important good brakes are to the safety of everyone on the road.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

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